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Damaged TV console

I picked up a tv console today knowing that it had some light damage. There’s hole punched out of the top of the piece. What would be the best way to fill in the hole? What’s the best way to ...
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Repair old garage workbench

I have this old garage workbench that seems very sturdy The wood is OK, I could replace the door. But the surface's corner has cracking like this: This is done from previous owner. I would like to ...
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Cleaning and staining decks and fences

I have cleaned my deck and was planning on staining it. My problem is the weather is calling for rain everyday for the next 2 weeks. How long will my deck be ok without stain?
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Soffet Vent and surrounding rafter rot

I have a house by the ocean. Very wet environment, often moisture running down walls. I have roof ridge vents and soffit vents. The soffit vent holes were about half closed years ago with paint. ...
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Build exterior stairs in onedirection with a total rise of 13' with a mid landing [closed]

Build an exterior staircase with a mid landing with a total rise of 13'
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Folding garden chair assembly…putting a stud in the wood

I bough an wooden garden chair table set from a company called vidaXL. There is one step where a half threaded metal stud needs to be screwed in the wood. The other half of the stud is smooth and ...
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What kind of paint can I use to cover wood baseboards?

I mistakenly got white baseboards for a dark wooden floor. The person who made the delivery suggested painting them to match the wood color, however I'm not sure what kind of paint to use on top of ...
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Turnbuckles where one side can be screwed in to wood?

Is there such a thing as a turnbuckle where you can screw one of the sides to a piece of wood? I know that I can buy a screw eye for the wood and then use the turnbuckle like in this application: ...
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Plugging holes in Top Plate wood?

So I was running Ethernet around the house, and there were a couple of places where the top plate holes were incorrect and I had to redrill (holes no bigger than a 3/4 an inch). I got everything ...
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What's the best method of making a [chalk] board sturdy?

I bought a chalk board and arrived today. It is a great surface, but on a 1/8 inch Masonite board. I need to attach this to a wall, but it is very flimsy and writing on it is terrible as it wobbles. I ...
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How to prevent the slats coming off the side beams of a baby's cot?

Recently somehow our son's cot was broken and I had to take out the frame to see and it had loose slats and other parts coming off. How can I keep the slats in the side beams and make sure they are ...
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Using angle grinder to shave wood?

I have several 4-ft x 4"x4" pieces of wood, and I need to shave off a few millimeters of wood. Can I use an angle grinder for this? It doesn't have to be perfect, and I would only be shaving the ...
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Sticking a wooden frame to a mirror

I have a bathroom that needs to be gutted and re-done, but for now it has a mirror attached to the wall and someone has stuck wood around it that is supposed to look like barn wood. It is very thin ...
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Should I resurface these kitchen cabinets or throw away? [closed]

I have these old kitchen cabinets and I cannot tell what wood it is. It seem "light" on the weight. No damage or anything. Should I make it look nicer with some new paint and decoration (how)? Or is ...
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Making exposed structural wood look nice

I built a loft/bed in a bedroom. It uses structural 2x which will be exposed once the room is complete. The structural 2x (a vertical 2x6 post and horizontal 2x12-2 beams spanning 75% of the room) ...
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How should I mount a 10 ft 2x6 as a wall shelf?

My living room has a wall with a 10-foot-wide alcove, which has a set of windows that share a Craftsman-kinda window trim with a 2x3 capitol - maybe not the correct term, but see picture. I have a ...
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Cut 2“ square cube from top of wood post for 2”x2" wood rail?

I would like attach a 2"x2" wood rail so that it's flush inside of the 4"x4" wood post, like in the drawing I've included. My question is: how would I be able to cut out the 2" cube in the 4" wood ...
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Why does paint on the table blister and wood swells?

My friend's study table looks like this. Why does this happen? Why does the wood under the paint swell and the paint peel?
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Reinforce aluminum pipe attached to wood posts in fence

I recently installed a fence where the posts are 4" x4" pressure-treated wood with an aluminum pipe rail, similar to this: fence and this, but without the wood rail: fence with wood rail I use a ...
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How to secure privacy lattice to top of existing fence gate?

I want to fix some privacy lattice installed along the fences at a property I maintain. Most of the lattice installed along the actual FENCE is solid - I’m assuming because the bottoms of the lattice ...
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Replacing wall plate with load bearing studs

I need to replace the wall plate under a window that itself supports half a dozen or so load bearing studs. I have a pair of post jacks that I plan on placing atop the horizontal stud immediately in ...
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Time for tannins to rise after painting wood

When painting wood, one risks a rise of tannins. To be sure that a painting is quite blocking by doing a test on a small part, how long does it take to consider that the tannin will not actually show ...
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Hardwood or softwood for paneling a workshop wall?

I'm planning to insulate and panel the walls of an unfinished garage workshop, and would like to use wooden boards instead of sheetrock or other alternatives. I'm thinking 4" wide boards, 1/2" thick, ...
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Dry Rot (?) in Exterior Trim, patch or replace?

There is some moderate deterioration and cracking in part of the exterior trim of my house. I believe the trim in question is cedar. Looking for repair advice. My thoughts were: 1) Get some epoxy ...
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Will mineral spirits reduce the appearance of lap marks on a stained floor?

we used the Minwax All In One water-based floor stain on a very large area of flooring. The starting and stopping caused dark blotchy stains all over my floor. We tried going over it again and it ...
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Is this mold? How to remove?

I'm in the process of renovating my garage. There was a 1 in. gap due to rotting wood where the roof shingles meet the fascia (part where gutter is attached). The discolored wood is near the gap. A ...
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What's the best way to repair or replace window sill & apron that's been sawed off?

The previous homeowner installed built-in armoire cabinets and bookcases that I plan to remove. In order to facilitate the opening of the armoire cabinet door, they cut into the window sill and apron ...
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Can anyone tell me what type of woodworm this is, and what to use to kill it?

There's a video here of a woodworm beetle poking it's head out of a hole, that i filmed on my phone with a little macro lens. I'd already treated the wood with this water-based woodworm killer, and ...
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Which wood turns grey, and which turns black with time? [closed]

There are types of wood that turn grey with time, and others that turn almost black. At least, unfinished wood changes color rather quickly. The question is which turn grey, and which turn black? It ...
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How to get rid of odors in wood?

My attic floor was home to nesting mice for years before I bought the house. I've kept the mice away, but the smell hasn't lessened after a year of ventilation. Short of replacing the wood, is there ...
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What moisture content of wood is desirable for building an open veranda?

My family is planning on building an open veranda in Europe in a climate with the average annual percentage of relative humidity of 76.0% and the standard deviation of 8.5%. The framing will be done ...
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Shaving off wood in 4“x4” to fit ez base?

I bought several of these 4x4 Simpson EZ bases, but most of the 4"x4" pieces of wood don't fit. Some of them are a very tight fit, but most of them are a tad wide. What tool can I use to easily shave ...
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How to mount screw in a worn out hole

My door lock has 3 screws that attach the lock portion to the wooden door. 2/3 screws no longer "grip" the wooden door as when I drill it goes straight through the hole. Moving the lock is not an ...
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How to mount metal box to wooden beam?

I'm using a custom Wiremold ceiling fan box to surface mount a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan onto a wooden beam. Problem is -- the Harbor Breeze mounting bracket does not have compatible screw pattern ...
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What are the options for my window on my brick house?

I was hoping to get some guidance and am including a picture. I have a brick house that was built in 1913 and then gut rehabbed in 1998. They replaced all of the windows and redid everything in the ...
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Enlarge a drawer opening

I need to know what tool and instructions or suggestions on how to make my kitchen drawer openings taller. The drawer faces are tall enough to cover another 3/4 " and i really could use that little ...
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Do I need to use any wood protector for my deck?

I bought my house 5-6 months ago and I think they made a new deck but I don't think so they used any protector etc. Seems like they installed and didn't do anything else, during winter time water was ...
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Privacy Fence: Is this minimalist design efficient?

I'm planning on putting up a 6ft privacy fence for the first time. I've done quite a bit of research but I'm still rather new to it. I have a concept but it's quite minimal. What I'm looking to ...
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Join 2“ aluminum pipe between two 4”x4" treated lumber? [closed]

How can I attach an aluminum pipe to (2) 4"x4" pieces of pressure-treated lumber? The pipe would act as a rail. It would be like this: This is another example, but with a top rail:
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Rain on freshly stained deck

I stained my deck with Behr Transparent stain and within an hour of applying the second coat an unpredicted heavy rain hit and lasted for a few hours. To my surprise the following day the deck looked ...
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Tread boards in external stairs for houses

I am about to build a small (3-riser) entrance stairway for my house guided by this how-to: This question is about the treads which appear to be consisting of three separate boards each. The text ...
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how to estimate wood order

These are my deck plans. As you can see each square is 10". Furthermore there are 2 sections (a short and long). the measurements are as such short width 84" short length 182" short square footage ...
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I got a wood burner with pen it's says 220v50w

I wondering what size breaker to use? It had a regular plug, but it said 220v with 50watt.
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Which wood is better for fencing STK Cedar or Knotty Eastern White Cedar

The below prices are in CAD Home Depot has both varieties Porcupine 1x6x8' STK Cedar S4S Fence =$9.42 Irving 1x6x8 Knotty Eastern White Cedar =$10.20 The Lowes version of the same board Top ...
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How much force can a concrete block fence and wood stud hold when installing a large shade sail?

I have a standard concrete block fence. I want to install a large 20 x 26 foot shade sail, or two 20 x 13 shade sails by screwing hooks into the wall, and the other end into my house via the studs. ...
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Making a square - Joining two pieces of wood cut at 45 degrees with a circular saw

I am trying to create a 90 degree angle from two pieces of wood so that I can eventually create a squared enclosure. I have cut two pieces of wood at 45 degrees with a circular saw's angle adjustment. ...
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Is it okay to use rain to rinse off a deck after applying deck cleaner?

I'm planning to refinish my deck soon. Here are some pictures of the current state of it. I bought this Cabot wood cleaner. The instructions say to: Apply cleaning solution liberally to problem ...
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How can you cut a solid bamboo wood plank?

I want to buy SVALNÄS shelves from Ikea but the widths don't perfectly align with the space. It says these shelves are made of solid bamboo. I've never worked with this material before and was ...
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Add a spiked end to timber

I can buy tree stakes, which are 32mm x 32mm x 1.2m quite easily. However on occasion I need something slightly thicker, say 50mm x 50mm or 75mm x 75mm but of equal or shorter length (<1.2m), and ...
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loose newel post with some type of plate underneath, how to tighten

I have a newel post with a plate underneath, see attached picture. It is wobbly. I have tried using pocket screws to secure the post, however they get stuck at what I believe to be this plate. What is ...